Jeffrey Haber, who served for 27 years as the executive director of the state Association of Towns, died last Friday. He was 68.
“Jeff was proud of his tenure at the Association of Towns, and the organization would not be what it is today without his leadership,” the group said in a statement on its website.
The group said that Haber advocated for home rule for local governments and had a career in public service that stretched more than three decades. He first served as supervisor in his hometown of Schodack, Rensselaer County.
His obituary said Haber was a star baseball player in high school and played at SUNY Geneseo. In high school, he struck out 20 of 21 batters in a seven-inning game.
He was head of the Association of Towns from 1985 through last October, when he retired. The group said Haber died after a short illness.
“Beyond his professional dedication, his generosity and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed,” the group said.
Haber is survived by his wife, Sandra, three children and three grandchildren, as well as two stepchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held Thursday at Ray Funeral Home, 59 Seaman Ave., Castleton from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Trinity Lutheran Church, 70 Green Ave., Castleton, on Friday at 11 a.m.